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The Shortwave Report with Dan Roberts(updated 15feb18) The Shortwave Report for February 16, 2018 has been received! Program notes follow below and recent shows are in the player at the bottom of this page. The Friday show streams on the odd hour, Central and Pacific Time, at

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From SPAIN  Alison Hughes begins with an update on the political situation in the Catalonia region of Spain, where the popular leaders are either in exile or in prison. Syrian forces shot down an Israeli jet that was returning from a bombing raid on Iran backed positions in Syria. Syrian forces carrying out an operation against Daesh fighters were attacked by US forces. The escalation of US attacks coincides with plans to maintain a permanent presence in the country. In The Independent, Patrick Cockburn interviewed a former Daesh fighter who explained that Turkey is recruiting and retraining Daesh troops to lead its invasion of the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. US Secretary of State Tillerson urged Gulf states to support the rebuilding of Iraq, further ruined by the past three years of fighting Daesh forces.

From JAPAN  A North Korean art troupe performed in South Korea before and during the Olympics- their performances stressed that people in the two Koreas belonged to the same ethnic group and included a song about the wish for reunification. North Korean media reported that leader Kim Jong-un instructed a high-level delegation to take practical steps to improve inter-Korean ties and to hold a summit soon. Myanmar has rejected calls at the UN Security Council for the release of two Reuters journalists who investigated a massacre- US Ambassador Nikki Hailey shamed Myanmar for going after people reporting the truth.

From CUBA  A British court has ruled against withdrawing an arrest warrant for Julian Assange. Cuba rejected recent remarks by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States about the country's democratic electoral system. Argentina is allowing the US to build a new military base at its border with Brazil and Paraguay. The Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi continues to be denied bail by Israeli courts for slapping an Israeli soldier. Russian President Putin welcomed Palestinian President Abbas for talks about conflicts with Israel.

From RUSSIA  Afshin Rattansi talked about Julian Assange's court ruling and revelations that Sweden want to drop the case years ago. Afshin then presents a policy from Jeremy Corbyn for the state to take over deliberately empty properties for the use of the homeless, pushing Teresa May to call for the UK withdrawal from the European Union Court of Human Rights.

"I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself." --Jose Ortega Y Gasset, philosopher and essayist (1883-1955)




From JAPAN  On his way to Japan, VP Pence revealed a plan to increase US missiles in Alaska. He then went on to meet with Japanese PM Abe and together tougher economic sanctions against North Korea. North Korea criticized Trump's announced US increase in low yield nuclear weapons, calling it a declaration of war against the whole world. South Korea welcomed the North's decision to send a high-ranking delegation to the Olympics. US Secretary of State Tillerson reiterated the threats of further sanctions against North Korea.

From CUBA  Tillerson gave a speech threatening Venezuela and Cuba as he began a tour of several Latin American countries. China refutes US charges of supporting poor governance in Venezuela. A US B-52 dropped a record number of guided bombs on alleged Taliban targets in Afghanistan. In London a judge ruled to uphold a British arrest warrant against Julian Assange for jumping bail on Swedish charges that have been dropped.

From RUSSIA  More details on the situation Julian Assange faces after a judge refused to drop his British arrest warrant, despite the UN Human Rights panel criticism of his detention. Trump falsely claimed that British protestors want an end to universal health care, the NHS.

From SPAIN  Alison Hughes reports on the war in Syria which escalated when a Russian jet was shot down by rebel forces. US Secretary of State Tillerson is promoting regime change in Syria. Patrick Cockburn wrote in the Independent called "It's Time We Saw Economic Sanctions For What They Really Are- War Crimes." He also wrote about the effect the US backed Kurds are having in the strategic balance in Syria. Recent reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria are blamed on the Syrian government by the US- Syria says the claims are intentional lies to create an excuse for US attacks.

"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group know what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses." --Major General Smedley Butler USMC, 1933






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